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Recently-made Memphis resident finds niche with RiverKings hockey team

March 15, 2005 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Mississippi RiverKings News Release

Memphian Charlotte Jenkins just moved here in November, but she’s already found her home team: the Memphis RiverKings.

“The first game I went to, I absolutely fell in love with it,” she said. “It was so exciting, so much fun.”

When she found out that she had won a complimentary dinner at Bonne Terre’s fine dining establishment with the player of her choice, Scott English, her enthusiasm hit record heights.

“I’m so excited. I’m so stoked,” she said. “My husband’s birthday was last week and we were at the auction (after the RiverKings Mar. 5 game against Rio Grande Valley) hoping to at least get a jersey and were outbid. We were so disappointed. But this is even more awesome.”

Jenkins and her husband, Allen, moved to Memphis when his company, ePAC digital printers, asked him to open a new facility in the area. Her 19-year old son, Joshua, had just enrolled in his first year at Los Positas Community College and was unable to move with them, but when he came to visit, the Jenkins made sure to take in a RiverKings game. Joshua caught a puck and RiverKings fever—now all her care packages include mementos from ‘Kings games.

Jenkins got into the fan groove, finding a wealth of auxiliary activities and perks available to ‘Kings fans, such as the Bonne Terre contest on the ‘Kings website.

“I picked Scott because he’s the instigator,” she said. “We love him. You can always count on him to get things heated up on the ice.”

Jenkins and her husband recently followed the team down to Bossier City, Louisiana to watch them battle the Mudbugs. She was appalled when, during the game, the director of game operations flashed an image of English with a gun to his head on their Jumbo Tron scoreboard. She flew to English’s defense upon her return, firing off an e-mail to the Bossier management.

“I could ignore the images involving the other players as heckling,” she said. “But I thought showing a gun to someone’s head, especially in a family environment where children are present, was not only unsportsmanlike but just plain wrong. However, the Bossier management was very nice and apologetic about the incident. I received several e-mails from them, which I think I’ll take and show to Scott when I meet him.”

Jenkins’ husband and another couple will attend the dinner with English. “They were the ones who brought us to our first game, who introduced us to hockey,” she said. “They’ve been fans for a while and are just as excited as we are.”

Registration for Bonne Terre’s Easter Weekend Getaway continues until March 21st. See website for details.

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